We must have been very, very good last year. Why else would Santa have made a special stop (and pick-up) in St. Louis… just for us?
In all honesty (sorry kids) it wasn’t Santa, it was our daughter and her boyfriend who went the extra mile(s) to secure a limited release, Keurig Drinkworks Home Bar just in time for the holidays..and I’m here to tell ya, I can’t remember having this much fun with a Christmas gift since Barbie landed her Jumbo Jet under the tree many, many years ago!
What a great idea this smart, little machine is, and yes- it’s smaller than you would think it needs to be. (See comparison to our coffee maker below) Concentrated cocktail mixes are packaged in pods and inserted much the same way coffee pods are. Water is kept cold in the Drinkworks Home Bar and can be carbonated by the device if the recipe calls for it. The machine is completely automated and connected to wifi so it can alert you to new recipes and its internal maintenance needs, should it be having any… (I KNOW!😲)
And how do the Drinkworks cocktails taste?
Considering this Keurig product is in early production, I am quite impressed. Hands down the best of the lot was the Moscow Mule. The Drinkworks formula rivals the very best mules I’ve ordered at fancy restaurants. I love the bold and peppery flavor; 10 out of 10 for sure! We had a competition one night to see who made the best Old Fashioned, and while the Keurig Drinkworks didn’t come in first, it didn’t come in last either. (A bit more bourbon and bit less orange flavor and it could be a contender!)
My kids said the Long Island Iced tea and Mojitos were good; the Cosmopolitan was acceptable. I have no doubt that the recipes will be perfected over time.
If my husband and I ever got into the bed and breakfast business, one of these machines would be in every room. Not only are they fun to use, but it spares users from needing to go out and secure all the ingredients necessary to make such an extensive variety of cocktails. The cost per pod is about $4, certainly a bargain compared to ordering a drink at a bar. Boats, vacation rentals, RVs.. any place with limited space for storing bottles would be ideal for this home bartender.
Hats off to Keurig for coming up with such an ingenious idea, I’m looking forward to Drinkworks’ expanding selection!